Easter. The time of year which brings joy, longer days, skipping lambs, chocolate eggs and hopefully some time off with the family. Goodbye winter, spring is finally here!
There are plenty of ways to celebrate this time of the year in Scotland, with many of our top attractions celebrating Easter with events and special activities. Easter is simply a lovely time to explore all of Scotland’s glorious regions.
How many of these ideas can you squeeze into the holidays?
Dumfries & Galloway
1. Go on an adventurous day trip. At Laggan Outdoor, there isn’t a second to waste with zip wires, segways, archery, dirt scooters and much more. There’s even a human slingshot for the bravest members of the family.
2. Set sail. The Galloway Activity Centre on Loch Ken offers expert watersports instruction. You can even glamp overnight in a tentipi or wigwam beside the loch.
3. Become a master chocolatier. Get creative with the kids at the Cocoa Bean Company and decorate your own chocolate eggs with all sorts of delicious decorations.
4. Have an ice-cream. You’ll find many deliciously innovative flavours at Cream o’ Galloway, alongside a few of the classics, including cranachan, sticky toffee and honeycomb crunch.
The Scottish Borders
5. Listen to a story. Head to the Main Street Trading Company in St Boswells for a cup of tea and cake in the charming little bookshop.
6. Admire a sea of daffodils. These heralds of spring come into full bloom all over Scotland, including the stunning Paxton House, an 18th century stately home set within gardens, parklands and woods.
7. Don’t miss the Easter Egg Extravaganza at Traquair House! The biggest egg hunt in the Scottish Borders, there will be plenty of fun activities to get stuck into on Easter Sunday.
Kingdom of Fife
8. Stretch your legs along the Fife Coastal Path. Along the way, you can admire windmills and lighthouses, eat delicious fish and chips, explore castle ruins and paddle in the ocean. Spend the long weekend driving around the two glorious regions of Fife and Dundee by following this four day itinerary, which is bursting with adventurous ideas and family fun.
Ayrshire & Arran
9. Explore an ancient castle. Culzean Castle, perched on the south coast of Ayrshire is famous for its swathes of bluebells in the springtime.
10. Go back thousands of years in time. In Orkney, the Ring of Brodgar is an enchanting stone circle bursting with tales of times gone by.
11. See how our ancestors lived. The Broch of Gurness in Evie has plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. This remarkably well preserved Iron Age settlement will fascinate children and grown-ups alike.
12. Roll eggs. The Highlands’ mountainous landscapes are made for carrying out this famous Easter tradition. There are plenty of hills to choose from!
13. Go for a wander. Check out some of the walking routes in the Highlands. Or, challenge the older ones to a stroll up Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak, starting the route from Fort William.
14. Hit the beach. Take a coastal walk, paddle your toes by the water’s edge or simply sit down on the sand and watch the world go by. The north coast has thousands of bays and miles of beautiful coastlines to choose from. Why not have an Easter road trip along the North Coast 500?
15. Have a play date. At Eoropie Dune Park on the Isle of Lewis, you’ll find a 4-acre playground located just a few yards from the beautiful sandy beach of Traigh Shanndaigh.
Edinburgh & The Lothians
16. Take a trip down memory lane. The fabulous Museum of Childhood on the Royal Mile is a wonderful, free attraction for all ages, displaying toys, games and objects from across the generations. If you are keeping an eye on the pennies this Easter, check out some more free things to do in Edinburgh.
17. Watch seasonal seabirds. There is plenty of special wildlife sightings to be had at this time of year, as well as incredible boat trips to the Bass Rock at the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick. Join in a programme of Easter Fun, which includes an interactive puppet show, special talks, scientific experiments, games and much more!
18. Have a wild day out. See over 1,000 different animals including the famous giant pandas at Edinburgh Zoo.
19. Learn something cool. The fascinating and educational Edinburgh International Science Festival returns between 1 – 16 April.
Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley
20. Get active in Falkirk. There are lots of cycle paths around the Helix and by Andy Scott’s magnificent Kelpies, with many routes to choose from including the John Muir Way. Or, see an incredible feat of engineering in action at the Falkirk Wheel.
21. Learn about the Stirling’s criminal past. The Old Town Jail will open its doors for an action-packed Easter weekend, so come and listen to tales of the city’s most notorious prisoners and take in the city views from the observation tower.
Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley
22. Try your hand at some farming. Experience some of the joys of springtime at the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride near Glasgow. This Easter, enjoy special events and family activities including Spring into Easter from 15 – 17 April and Go Wild in Spring from 1 – 14 April.
23. Hit the slopes. The snow season may be coming to an end, but there’s always a place to practice your carve turns and jumps with indoor slopes at the Snow Factor just outside Glasgow.
24. Say hello to a Highland coo. You’ll find some of these cheeky chaps in Pollok Country Park.
25. Go to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Admire Salvador Dali’s Christ of Saint John of the Cross, and there are lots of fun things to do for kids around the museum.
Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire
26. Visit Duthie Park. Close to the city centre of Aberdeen, this 44-acre park is a lovely place to have a picnic, play some energising games or just take a moment to relax in pleasant, leafy surroundings.
27. Explore a 250 year-old family home. Haddo House, designed by William Adam in 1732, has been home to the Gordon family and is one of Scotland’s grandest Palladian-style country mansions. There is an Easter Hunt here over Easter Weekend too.
28. Breathe in some fresh, sea air. You can enjoy the Aberdeen’s very own promenade or go along part of the Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail – both are perfect for ambles in the Easter sunshine.
Argyll & The Isles
29. Embark upon a seafaring adventure. Hop inside a sea kayak, and paddle a part of the Argyll Sea Kayak Trail on the magnificent west coast.
30. Go to a multi-coloured town. Admire the pastel shades of Tobermory’s charming seafront houses, while you’re visiting Argyll & The Isles.
31. Say aww! All over the Scottish countryside, you’ll see adorable little lambs at this time of year (see pictured, in Kintyre).
Dundee & Angus
32. Delve into Dundee’s industrial heritage. By the turn of the 20th century, Dundee’s jute industry employed more than 50,000 people. Head to Scotland’s Jute Museum @ Verdant Works, a restored jute mill where you can learn about the city’s once flourishing jute trade.
33. Discover Broughty Ferry. Browse the charming shops in the town centre and take a walk along Broughty Ferry beach before popping into Broughty Ferry Castle.
34. Admire the beauty of Mother Nature. The region is known as ‘Big Tree Country’, so you’ll be spoiled by the abundance of forestry trails within the Tay Forest Park and beyond. Take the short but challenging route to the Falls of Bruar, near Blair Atholl, and admire the magnificent gorge and cascading waterfall.
35. Go to Scone Palace. The crowning place of many Scottish kings and queens and home to the Stone of Destiny, this place is nothing short of fascinating. Get lost in the adventure playground, which features a ‘tartan maze’ made from 2,000 beech trees.
36. Get yourself a little Easter present along the Shetland Craft Trail. Pick up a leaflet from a VisitScotland Information Centre and visit the crafty workshops and studios of everyone from carpenters to painters.
37. Go to Unst and learn about the Vikings. Take the family to this remote Shetland isle where these fearsome warriors first settled, and you’ll find more remains of Viking longhouses than anywhere else in the world, including Scandinavia.
Are you looking for more even more Easter inspiration? Find out more about fantastic Easter breaks in Scotland and don’t forget to spoil the family with local Scottish chocolate and goodies.
Happy Easter everyone!